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Via Regina 26 is a contemporary soap opera. It's about the people living in flats in a late 19th century building in the centre of Milan. There are six floors and four flats on each of them. The chief character is Gelsomina, the caretaker, who looks after the building. She is helped by her husband Angelo, who can turn his hand to most things. They have two children, Renato, who studies medicine, and Chiara, who is 15. They have also a foster child of 9, Monica, who is very shy as yet. Let's see what happens to them in their everyday lives. The Italian used in Via Regina 26 is the sort of language you can't usually find in normal textbooks as it's real Italian conversation, with all the difficulties and charm of the spoken language. Every day log on to our website to read a new episode of this soap, you'll be surprised at the results: your knowledge of Italian will increase by leaps and bounds, and Italian won't feel like a foreign language anymore.
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IL POSTINO
THE POSTMAN


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PRONUNCIATION ORIGINAL TEXT LITERAL TRANSLATION GOOD TRANSLATION

Il postno
IL POSTINO
The Postman
The Postman

Slve, na rakkomandta! Frmi kw pr favre!
POSTINO: Salve, ho una raccomandata! Firmi qui per favore!
Hello, I_have a registered_letter! Sign here for favour!
The postman: Good morning. Ive got a registered letter. Sign here please.

Pr ki ? N, i dv'ssere un errre. Kw nn bita nessno kn kwsto nme.
ANGELO: Per chi ? No, ci dev'essere un errore. Qui non_abita nessuno con questo nome.
For whom is? No, there must_be a mistake. Here doesn't_live nobody with this name.
Who is it for? No, there must be a mistake. Nobody of this name lives here.

sikro?
POSTINO: sicuro?
You_are sure?
Are you sure?

B, sno kw da ventitr nni L psso assikurre k kw nn bita nessna Rozrya Li Jvani.
ANGELO: Beh, sono qui da ventitr anni e Le posso assicurare che qui non_abita nessuna Rosaria Li Giovani.
Well, I_am here since 23 years and to_you I_can assure that here doesn't live no Rosaria Li Giovani.
Well, Ive been here for twenty-three years and I can assure you there is no Rosaria Li Giovani living here.

Strno
POSTINO: Strano
Strange
Strange

Un sekndo, per. ' un Li Jvani k bita al nmero ventikwttro. Mi pre si kymi Jovnni.
ANGELO: Un secondo, per. C' un Li Giovani che abita al numero ventiquattro. Mi pare si chiami Giovanni.
One second, however. There_is a Li Giovani who lives at_the number 24. To_me it_seems himself he_call John.
Just a second. Theres a Li Giovani living at number twenty-four. I think his first name if Giovanni.

Va bne. Prover a kydere l. A propzito, i sno de pakktti dall'Amrika pr il Professr Frmi.
POSTINO: Va bene. Prover a chiedere l. A_proposito, ci sono due pacchetti dall'America per il Professor Fermi.
It_goes well. I'll_try at to_ask there. By_the_way, there are two parcels from_the_America for the Professor Fermi.
Good. Ill try there. By the way, there are two parcels from America for Professor Fermi.

Sno peznti kme al slito sarnno di lbri.
ANGELO: Sono pesanti come al solito saranno dei libri.
They_are heavy... as at_the usual they_will_be some books
Theyre heavy.as usual, theyre probably books.

Frse.
POSTINO: Forse.
Maybe
Maybe.

Il professre ja millhya di lbri a kza sa! A propzito, gradshe un kaff?
ANGELO: Il professore ha gi migliaia di libri a casa sua! A_proposito, gradisce un caff?
The professor has already thousands of books at home his! By_the_way, you_like a coffee?
The Professor has thousands of books in his home. Oh, by the way, would you like a cup of coffee?

Grtsye, mi farbbe davvro pyare. Fa un p' freddno kwsta mattna
POSTINO: Grazie, mi farebbe davvero piacere. Fa un po' freddino questa mattina
Thanks, to_me it_would_do really pleasure. It_makes a little coldish this morning...
Thank you, Id love one. Its rather cold this morning

Jelsomna! i ja finto l skle? Di, vyni a brti un bwn kaff!
ANGELO: Gelsomina! Hai gi finito le scale? Dai, vieni a berti un buon caff!
Gelsomina! You_have already finished the staircase? Come_on, come to drink_for_yourself a good coffee!
Gelsomina! Have you already finished the staircase? Come and have a nice cup of coffee!

njelo, nn psso adsso, dvo andre dlla Sinnhra Fyumillo pr fre na puntra lla sa vkkya mmma, poverna.
GELSOMINA: Angelo, non_posso adesso, devo andare dalla Signora Fiumicello per fare una puntura alla sua vecchia mamma, poverina.
Angelo, I can't now, I_must go to_the Mrs. Fiumicello to make an injection to_the her old mother, poor_thing.
I cant now, Angelo, I must go up to Mrs. Fiumicellos to give her mother an injection. Poor thing.
 

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PRONUNCIATION ORIGINAL TEXT LITERAL TRANSLATION GOOD TRANSLATION

Il postno

IL POSTINO

The Postman

The Postman

Slve, na rakkomandta! Frmi kw pr favre!

POSTINO: Salve, ho una raccomandata! Firmi qui per favore!

Hello, I_have a registered_letter! Sign here for favour!

The postman: Good morning. Ive got a registered letter. Sign here please.

Pr ki ? N, i dv'ssere un errre. Kw nn bita nessno kn kwsto nme.

ANGELO: Per chi ? No, ci dev'essere un errore. Qui non_abita nessuno con questo nome.

For whom is? No, there must_be a mistake. Here doesn't_live nobody with this name.

Who is it for? No, there must be a mistake. Nobody of this name lives here.

sikro?

POSTINO: sicuro?

You_are sure?

Are you sure?

B, sno kw da ventitr nni L psso assikurre k kw nn bita nessna Rozrya Li Jvani.

ANGELO: Beh, sono qui da ventitr anni e Le posso assicurare che qui non_abita nessuna Rosaria Li Giovani.

Well, I_am here since 23 years and to_you I_can assure that here doesn't live no Rosaria Li Giovani.

Well, Ive been here for twenty-three years and I can assure you there is no Rosaria Li Giovani living here.

Strno

POSTINO: Strano

Strange

Strange

Un sekndo, per. ' un Li Jvani k bita al nmero ventikwttro. Mi pre si kymi Jovnni.

ANGELO: Un secondo, per. C' un Li Giovani che abita al numero ventiquattro. Mi pare si chiami Giovanni.

One second, however. There_is a Li Giovani who lives at_the number 24. To_me it_seems himself he_call John.

Just a second. Theres a Li Giovani living at number twenty-four. I think his first name if Giovanni.

Va bne. Prover a kydere l. A propzito, i sno de pakktti dall'Amrika pr il Professr Frmi.

POSTINO: Va bene. Prover a chiedere l. A_proposito, ci sono due pacchetti dall'America per il Professor Fermi.

It_goes well. I'll_try at to_ask there. By_the_way, there are two parcels from_the_America for the Professor Fermi.

Good. Ill try there. By the way, there are two parcels from America for Professor Fermi.

Sno peznti kme al slito sarnno di lbri.

ANGELO: Sono pesanti come al solito saranno dei libri.

They_are heavy... as at_the usual they_will_be some books

Theyre heavy.as usual, theyre probably books.

Frse.

POSTINO: Forse.

Maybe

Maybe.

Il professre ja millhya di lbri a kza sa! A propzito, gradshe un kaff?

ANGELO: Il professore ha gi migliaia di libri a casa sua! A_proposito, gradisce un caff?

The professor has already thousands of books at home his! By_the_way, you_like a coffee?

The Professor has thousands of books in his home. Oh, by the way, would you like a cup of coffee?

Grtsye, mi farbbe davvro pyare. Fa un p' freddno kwsta mattna

POSTINO: Grazie, mi farebbe davvero piacere. Fa un po' freddino questa mattina

Thanks, to_me it_would_do really pleasure. It_makes a little coldish this morning...

Thank you, Id love one. Its rather cold this morning

Jelsomna! i ja finto l skle? Di, vyni a brti un bwn kaff!

ANGELO: Gelsomina! Hai gi finito le scale? Dai, vieni a berti un buon caff!

Gelsomina! You_have already finished the staircase? Come_on, come to drink_for_yourself a good coffee!

Gelsomina! Have you already finished the staircase? Come and have a nice cup of coffee!

njelo, nn psso adsso, dvo andre dlla Sinnhra Fyumillo pr fre na puntra lla sa vkkya mmma, poverna.

GELSOMINA: Angelo, non_posso adesso, devo andare dalla Signora Fiumicello per fare una puntura alla sua vecchia mamma, poverina.

Angelo, I can't now, I_must go to_the Mrs. Fiumicello to make an injection to_the her old mother, poor_thing.

I cant now, Angelo, I must go up to Mrs. Fiumicellos to give her mother an injection. Poor thing.



AVAILABLE RESOURCES 

  1. Six O'Clock a.m. in the Caretaker's Lodge
  2. People Meeting
  3. The Postman
  4. Twenty-one in Anatomy!
  5. Preparing Dinner
  6. The Kurdish Tenant
  7. Public Holiday
  8. Mr. Rostami's Move
  9. A Leak from the Roof
  10. In Search of a Doctor
  11. Little Monica
  12. Alto Adige
  13. Men At Work in the Flat
  14. Valuable Information
  15. The Missing Kitten
  16. Giacinto
  17. A Deal
  18. Mediterranean Cuisine
  19. The operation
  20. A Wedding in Puglia
  21. The Return from Puglia
  22. Wasps Everywhere!
  23. A Trip Around Milan
  24. Ligabue
  25. Fiordaliso
  26. The Missing Kitten
  27. A New Friend
  28. Summer Holiday Problems
  29. Another Registered Letter
  30. It's Typical!
  31. Blackout
  32. The Tempest
  33. Hunting for Customers
  34. The Prescription
  35. Projects for the future
  36. Marco besieged
  37. Small Talk
  38. Three for Two
  39. Fruit and vegetables
  40. A film with Marta Bubrik
  41. The Mystery of the Two Sisters
  42. Gossiping
  43. Gelsomina is on Holiday

 


 

 

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